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Old June 4th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Cheapest way to router HDV&computer signal together

our church media needs to be upgraded from analog to digital. the costs are astronomical like $5k+ for video routing, switches, and the like. my question is, is it possible to be done for cheap? what we need to do:

there is 1 imac and 1 HDV cam (consumer grade like a Canon hard drive HDV cam). is there something cheap and simple for a device to accept DVI output from the imac, HDMI signal from the HDV cam then output either to a display or projector? then you manually switch back and forth from live video or computer? what would this device be called?
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Old June 4th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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I can't recommend what you are asking but I did a search at B&H using the terms "HDMI DVI switch" and got this:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/759576-REG/Aurora_Multimedia_ASP_HTV_ASP_HTV_HDMI_DVI_to_VGA.html
I wouldn't expect a very clean switch but you get what you pay for. Don't expect smooth for cheap.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply. i was looking for a device to also keep the digital signal, not degrade it to analog.
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thanks for the reply. i was looking for a device to also keep the digital signal, not degrade it to analog.
Do you want a HDMI switch?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755343-REG/Iogear_GHDSW3_GHDSW3_3_Port_HD_Audio_Video.html
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Old June 11th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #5
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He needs a DVI to HDMI adapter to cover the computer output.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768869-REG/Tripp_Lite_P130_000_DVI_D_Male_to_HDMI.html
Then the a HDMI switch.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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Watch out for the HDCP sting in the tail with this.

Unless both O/P devices have it, the receiving device, if so enabled (and if it's digital, it will), will simply not accept a signal from the non compliant unit.

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Old June 12th, 2012, 02:23 AM   #7
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Chris Soucy wrote"Unless both O/P devices have it, the receiving device, if so enabled (and if it's digital, it will), will simply not accept a signal from the non compliant unit."

Surely its the other way round, i.e. an HDMI source will only send video with the HDCP flag enabled to an HDMI monitor that is HDCP compliant. The source device makes the decision of whether to allow the transfer.

There is no problem sending non-HDCP flagged video to an HDCP compliant display.
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